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Marblehead Rotary Club to sponsor second annual 'Dress and Talk Like a Pirate' charity event

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 27, 2013 01:26 PM

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The Marblehead Rotary Club is set to sponsor the second annual "Dress and Talk Like a Pirate" rubber duck race to support local scholarships and funds to send children to summer camp.

The event is slated for on Saturday Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Devereux Beach. The organization's goal is to raise approximately $10,000.

This year's festivities features the rubber duck race, which consists of three heats where hundreds of rubber ducks will race for cash prizes. Each duck is placed in a man-made pool where participating racers will use a propulsion system to push it to the finish line. Leaf blowers have been used in the past.

First place wins a sum of $500, second place $250 and third place $100. The races will start at 11:30 a.m. 

In order to participate, racers must have a ticket for an official rubber duck. Numbered rubber ducks and certificate of ownership (tickets), can be purchased online for $5 each at the event website, or from the following local merchants: The Digital Docs, Marblehead Bank, Arnould Gallery, Marblehead Animal Hospital, Marblehead Counseling Center, Worldly Pets, The Y, and the Boston Yacht Club.

A limited number of tickets will also be available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Devereux Beach the day of the event, but early purchase is recommended. 

The program will also feature various games and activities for children of all ages including a balloon toss, treasure hunt, face painting, and more.   

During the event the Repertory Experience Players (REP) of Marblehead Little Theatre will perform, and the MetLife "Snoopy 2" RV will also be on site with free fingerpaint kits available for children to take home. 

In addition to the day's activities, Ethical Electronics Recycling will be on site, collecting any old electronics attenddes would like to recycle for $1 per pound. 

There will be a prize for "Best Dressed Pirate" plus many other merchant gift certificates and goodies distributed throughout the day.

Further information regarding the event can be found on the event's Facebook page, or with the event chairman, Stephen Bach, at stephen.bach@comcast.com.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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